UEC: Teresa Kok agrees with Adenan, slams MCA ministers

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STUPID AND SENSELESS: I agree with Adenan Satem that it is stupid and senseless not to recognise the Unified Examinations Certificate (UEC).

Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem really hit the nail on its head when he called the federal government’s policy of not recognising the Chinese schools’ UEC “stupid and senseless”.

Which federal minister could disagree with Adenan when he said it made no sense not to recognise the UEC because it had led to a brain drain and exodus of talent to countries which recognised the qualification?

In fact, I would say that not only is the federal government’s policy stupid and senseless, it is also a most unfair policy.

Where is the fairness when foreign students can be admitted to our local public universities, yet our own multi-racial citizenry who hold UEC are denied the opportunities?

UEC has been recognised by more than 500 world-class universities and it is utterly stupid for the federal government to keep giving the excuse that it cannot recognise UEC because it does not follow the national education curriculum.

The federal government must not continue with its stupid policy and should immediately recognise UEC.

MCA Ministers have claimed they have never stopped making efforts to have UEC recognised, if this is so, they should explain why their efforts have been futile especially after having returned to the Cabinet for 16 months.

On 30 Oct 2013, it was reported in a Chinese daily that MCA deputy president Wee Ka Siong, when commenting on the issue of UEC recognition, had said that the delay in recognising UEC was due to some officers who were unwilling to recognise UEC making things difficult.

This is certainly a most stupid excuse.

Was he saying that these little napoleons were so powerful, more powerful than the cabinet ministers and that they were able to decide government policies?

If MCA is no able to convince the Cabinet to reverse its stupid policy, it must at least not give such stupid excuse.

Teresa Kok is the DAP Member of Parliament for Seputeh.-The Ant Daily

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